The Joint Ventures' Blog

Skating Safely

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ice skating is a wonderful activity to take part in, especially as the cold winter months approach. But a few things need to be addressed before you hit the ice to ensure you have a good time and ice skate safely. First, you need to make sure you have proper balance standing on flat, level ground. On ice, your base of support is constantly moving and changing. Without proper balance, ice skating will present a new set of challenges for you that could potentially lead to injury. A good way to check your balance is to practice standing still on one foot for 5-10 seconds without disturbances.                                                         

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Text Neck

Monday, October 30, 2017

“Text Neck”, or the posture that you are in while using your smartphone, has increased in frequency as smartphones have become more prevalent. And, it's not just "texting"! We consume a massive amount of information via our digital devices via social media, news outlets, etc. This all can lead to an increase in orthopedic and health issues.


 

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Physical Therapy Specialties: TMJ Disorders, Pelvic Floor Health and Vestibular Therapy

Friday, September 29, 2017

Herniated discs, sprained ankles, and shoulder tendinitis are all diagnoses people think of as injuries that a physical therapist might treat. While these common musculoskeletal conditions do frequently require physical therapy, you may not be aware of some of these lesser known conditions within the scope of practice of a physical therapist:  

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Back To School Backpack Basics for Adults and Children

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Going back to school means loading up new text books, school supplies, lunch bags, gym clothes, and other gear. In this blog, we will discuss tips on how to maintain a healthy posture to, from, and during school.  

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Tennis Elbow

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Lateral elbow tendinopathy, commonly known as tennis elbow, is a common cause of elbow pain in men and women between the ages of 35 and 54. The source of pain from tennis elbow is localized degeneration of the common tendon that attaches the elbow to the muscles that extend (pull back) the wrist and hand. People with tennis elbow will most often have pain with gripping, particularly when lifting an object using a palm-down grip, and will report tenderness of the elbow. 

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Aquatic Therapy - What's all the splashing about?

Friday, June 30, 2017

I can’t emphasize enough to my patients that they need be proactive with their health - step up to the plate, ask lots of questions, get second opinions, and be curious about all your options.   If you are referred to physical therapy, and you are not successful on land (in the office setting), ask your physical therapist about aquatic physical therapy.  If you want to try it from the beginning of your physical therapy, bring it to your doctor’s attention or on the first day you start physical therapy.  It’s something to keep in mind, and possibly the approach that’s right for you.   

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Golf Game Not Up to Par?

Thursday, June 01, 2017

The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) is an evidenced based organization that looks closely at the relationship between how the human body moves and the efficiency of the golf swing, termed the “Body-Swing Connection”. TPI was created in 2003 by Dr. Greg Rose and Dave Phillips along with 52 other members of their board of professionals, all with different experiences in fields of fitness, junior level development, medicine, golf, and power. Their main testing facility is located in Oceanside, California, but the research has spread worldwide through its teaching of certified professionals.  

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Advanced Injury Risk Tool for Athletes - The JVAPP

Monday, May 01, 2017
Have you or someone you care about ever experienced an injury and thought "Could this have been prevented?" With the Joint Ventures All-Season Performance Program (JVAPP), you can help prevent injuries! The JVAPP is a movement assessment tool that measures how your body moves and compares you to national averages to assess your risk for an injury.  It can be used if you have been injury-free or after an injury has occurred to assess the potential for re-injury.  By knowing your risk for injury, you can take steps to bulletproof your body to be more resilient to what life and sports throw at you!
 

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I'm A Runner...What Can Physical Therapy Do For Me?

Friday, March 31, 2017

One of the things that always strikes me is the number of people who accept pain without trying to find a solution for the problem!  I've had conversations that include something like, “My knees hurt because I am getting older.” Or, “I have trouble on stairs because I'm a runner.” Another favorite is, “Sometimes I have pain, but a PT is just going to tell me not to run, so I haven’t tried that.” Or, “I'm in great shape!  I run 5x a week. I'm just working on setting a new personal best – no way a PT can help me!”​ 

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Stretching Before Running

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Starting at a young age, all athletes, including runners, are encouraged to stretch before they begin playing a sport, participating in a practice, or just going out for a leisurely jog.  These days, the questions I receive from my clients are, “Do I really have to stretch?” and also “When am I supposed to stretch, before or after my run?” Stretching in regards to running and injury prevention is a debatable topic, but hopefully the following recommendations will provide some general guidelines when it comes to stretching and running. 

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